This year Madison Square Park marks the centennial of its Christmas conifer with a 35-foot-high balsam fir. History buffs should venture to south edge of the park and keep an eye out for the Star of Hope, which sits atop a post. It designates the spot of the city’s first community holiday tree, which was funded in 1912 by a wealthy resident who wanted to make sure no one went without a tannenbaum.
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